Most “hoverboards” to be banned in US

The patent complaint Segway brought against manufacturers of self-balancing two-wheeled scooters, or “hoverboards”, has resulted in a wide-ranging ban, Ars Technica reported.

Segway filed the complaint with the US International Trade Commission, which issued a general exclusion order that banned several types of the “personal transporters”.

A limited exclusion order against the products of several Chinese companies that Segway has sued is also in effect.

Segway named 13 companies in its complaint, of which 5 settled: Ninebot, Robstep, Shenzhen Inmotion, Tech in the City, and FreeGo USA.

UPTECH, UP Technology, UP Robotics, FreeGo China, and EcoBoomer did not defend themselves and are subject to the order.

Roboscooters defended itself, but lost the case.

Ars noted that the outcome traces its origin to an odd reversal, where one of the companies Segway sued in 2014, Beijing-based Ninebot, bought Segway in 2015.

After the merger, the company pursued this case against its rivals.

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